Football: Anthony to start

Cal cornerback Marc Anthony returned to practice today after missing the past two games with a dislocated shoulder and will start Saturday at UCLA.

True freshman Stefan McClure, who had played well in place of Anthony, will still see some playing time, coach Jeff Tedford said.

“Typically, our policy is if a guy gets hurt, he doesn’t lose his job to injury,” Tedford said. “Stef will get some playing time. He was starting to be in the rotation anyhow, and it just worked out that he had to play a lot because of Marc. It was good for him, and now I feel good about getting him into the rotation.”

McClure replaced Anthony early in Cal’s 43-15 loss at Oregon and was beaten a handful of times. But he bounced back the following week against USC, helping shut down Trojans star receiver Robert Woods. McClure followed with another solid outing last week against Utah.

“He played well, but there are a lot of things he can improve on as well,” Tedford said. “But he’s earned playing time, no doubt about it. But Marc was also playing well.”


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  • Bears

    Love the young guys getting PT.
    Fired up about all the young talent in the program and projected to join in the next recruiting cycle.
    Will be fun to see them come together and mature into a great team.

  • Daniloni

    I think the policy should be that the better player starts. But I’m glad Tedford is ADA compliant.

  • Raf

    @#2… exactly. What a superbly stupid quote. Surprised a head football coach would say that. You put the best 11 guys on the field… period. Stef proved why he was a highly ranked recruit. People compared him to Syd’quan… but Syd was a red-shirt freshman when he got his first start in Ten game. Seems to be confusion about that as I’ve heard several announcers say he was a true freshman.

  • Juancho

    If it were my call I’d have McClure take Josh Hill’s spot. I know Hill is the upper classman, but he’s the least talented of the 4 CBs.

    Hopefully Kam Jackson gets some playing time too.

  • Larry

    “Hopefully Kam Jackson gets some playing time too.”

    He did playing time in the 4th Qtr of the last game against Utah.